August 8, 2011

Nate’s Takes: Jorge Posada, Jesus Montero, CC Sabathia, Rafael Soriano

The Yankees were three outs away. Three outs away from winning two out of three at Fenway Park. Three outs away from an excellent road trip. Three outs away from ending all the talk that the Yankees can’t beat the Red Sox. It just wasn’t meant to be, as Mariano Rivera blew his fifth save of the season and the Yankees found themselves in second place once again.

While this was a heartbreaking loss, Yankee fans can’t lose sight of how good this Yankee team still is. The Yankees are in great position to make the playoffs and still have a chance of winning the division. With that said, here are my takes for the week.

Yankees offense failed to show up at Fenway: 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position in the final game basically sums it up.

How many teams carry around a player who just can pinch hit? Maybe a few National League teams. Is it possible that we don’t see Jorge Posada on the postseason roster?

Jesus Montero could be days away from joining the Yankees. Yankee fans have waited a long time for this.

Did CC Sabathia cost himself a chance at the CY Young by not being able to beat Boston this year?

Who would have thought Rafael Soriano would be the Yankees $12 million dollar seventh-inning man? He now makes 20 times more than David Robertson.

Phil Hughes continues to baffle Yankee fans. Can the Yankees keep him with the big league club much longer? He is one bad start away from being sent down, and he’s being skipped this time around.

The Yankees have a week long homestand against two solid American League teams. Hopefully, a week from now the Yankees are in first place and Yankee fans can forget this frustrating series. Look for the Yankees to continue to play good baseball and for Ivan Nova to continue to force the Yankees to keep him in the majors.

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